icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

No freedom for ‘Merchant of Death’

Viktor Bout, the Russian arms dealer who’s accused of supplying terrorists, is due to spend at least 12 more days in Thai prison until it’ll be decided whether he’ll face trial in Thailand or be extradited to the U.S. Bout, who’s nicknamed the ‘Merchant o

Today the prosecution announced that they need more time for investigation and asked for additional 12 days of detention for Bout.   

However, many people already doubt that the prosecution will manage to file up a case against Bout since he hadn’t had time to commit any crime on the Thai soil. Moreover, the public opinion is divided as to whether Bout actually is ‘Merchant of Death’ but not just a businessman.

Bout was arrested in Bangkok at the beginning of March on a U.S. warrant. American prosecutors want him for conspiring to sell weapons worth millions of dollars to Columbian rebels.

He’s also thought to have supplied arms to various terrorist networks.

The procedure of extradition is such that Bout can be extradited to the U.S. only if he faces no charges in Thailand.

According to Thai law, Bout can be detained without charge for up to 84 days.

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.